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Media Partnership - European Technology Leadership Under Threat


Media Partnership - European Technology Leadership Under Threat

European Technology Leadership Under Threat: Implications of the European Commission’s SEP Proposal on European Innovation


Innovation is key to the digitalisation of our society. Open global technology standards, based on standard-essential patents (SEPs), are the foundation upon which companies continue to innovate and create new products and services. Without SEPs, for example, it would not be possible to make mobile phone calls, stream videos, provide up-to-date traffic information to connected cars or access remote healthcare and learning.

SEPs incentivise innovators to contribute their best technologies to open standards, so that economies and societies at large can benefit from open access to these technologies and globally interoperable solutions. Royalties obtained through licensing are reinvested by patent-holders, thereby creating a virtuous circle of R&D, patenting, licensing and re-investment into R&D and standards.

On 27th April, the European Commission proposed a new regulatory framework for SEPs which would radically alter many aspects of SEP licensing in Europe. Many stakeholders are concerned that the proposals will undermine an important incentive for European innovators to invest in research and development for 5G and 6G and, in turn, threaten Europe’s technological leadership in global standards.

Please join us for a discussion on this important topic.

Organised by: Nokia
Media Partner: Euractiv



Brussels Network Office - International Press Centre
1 Bd Charlemagne // 2nd floor



Uwe Puetzschler - Head of Automotive & Mobility Solutions at Nokia
Folkert Teernstra - Legal & IPR Counsel at TNO ICT


Justus Baron - Senior Research Associate, Northwestern University, author and co-author of DG GROW commissioned studies regarding the proposed SEP regulation
Jatta Toro - Head of IP at IQM Quantum Computers
Sonja London - General Counsel and Licensing Executive at TactoTek
Chris Hannon - Senior Patent Attorney in the Office of Policy & International Affairs at the USPTO
Collette Rawnsley - Head of IP Policy & Advocacy at Nokia


Jennifer Baker


12:00 - 12:30 Registration of participants
12:30 - 12:35 Welcome
12:35 - 12:45 Panellist statements
12:45 - 13:40 Discussion and Q&A
13:40 - 13:45 Closing statements

Followed by a light networking lunch


Ana Alexandrescu